York residents invited to first Health and Wellbeing Board

15 Apr 2013 @ 9.35 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

York’s Health and Wellbeing Board is meeting for the first time in their new statutory role on Wednesday 17 April 2013 at 4.30pm.

At this meeting the board will be asked to formally approve the city’s first joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and will discuss the progress being made to provide a Place of Safety in York, which is a safe place for people when they are detained under the Mental Health Act.

City of York Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing is chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board brings together council cabinet members and council directors with leaders from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) including GPs, NHS Commissioning Board, North Yorkshire Police, York Hospital and Healthwatch, the consumer champion for health and social care.

The board will also welcome Professor Chris Bentley to the meeting who will be speaking about health inequalities and how they might be addressed in York.

Professor Chris Bentley qualified in Medicine at University College Hospital, London in 1977, and worked in London Teaching Hospitals until 1981, having achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.

He then worked in Somalia for seven years initially working in the refugee health programme, with Save the Children Fund, and subsequently developing village-based health care with UNICEF, completing the tour as Advisor to the Somali Government on Primary Health Care. Professor Bentley has also held the roles of Director of Public Health (DPH) in Worthing, West Sussex Health Authority and South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority.

In 2006, following successes in reducing health inequalities in his area, Chris was asked to head up the National Support Team for Health Inequalities.Most recently Professor Bentley was an advisor to the Public Health Development Unit and the Public Health England Transition Team at the Department of Health, and continues on a number of national bodies, including the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) and the DPH Advisory Group to the Department of Health. More recently he has submitted evidence to the House of Commons on the role of Local Authorities on Health Issues.

The Health and Wellbeing Board meeting is open to members of the public to attend and is being held in The Snow Room, West Offices, Station Rise, YORK, YO1 6GA from 4.30pm.

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